Fires Update for Wednesday, June 29th

(Gillette, Wyo.) The crew at the Kara Creek Fire, east of Keyhole State Park, reports that the wildfire is 100% under containment, and will be monitored until 6 p.m. tonight, when it is turned over to Incident Commander Nate Butler. "This fire had the potential to be much more devastating than it was," said Incident Commander Dick Terry. "I am proud of the hard work all of the men and women on this multi-agency team have put forward. Again, we cannot thank the local communities enough for their donations and outpouring of support for our crew." Campbell County Fire personnel and their equipment have been released from assisting with both the Crook County fire south of Sundance and the Kara Creek Fire. Yesterday morning they responded to two grass fires on Thomas Jefferson Lane. Each were contained to less than an acre, and they were caused by "a piece of equipment swathing." At 1:30 on Tuesday they searched Taylor Road for the report of smoke but couldn't find the fire. They assumed the rain must have put out whatever had started. But by 5:30 they were back at Taylor Road, west of Highway 14/16, for a six acre fire. The "Lost Fire," as they're calling it, eventually grew to 20 acres in size, and was started by lightning. By 9:45 p.m. they were at O Court for the report of a fire, which was actually an unauthorized burn. Controlled burns are not allowed under the county fire ban. It was extinguished. *Kara Creek Fire Photo h/t Tim Mandese // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news